Another definition of identity is “the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others.” The qualities of God are all of the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) These qualities should make us different and set us a part as children of God—we love well, full of the joy, operating from a place of peace and patience, gentle in our words and deeds, kind and good to all, faithful, and always having self-control. Can you imagine being identified as a child of God by others simply by how we demonstrate these qualities–He is our identity!
“…For you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” I Peter 2:9-12